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SAVE THE DATE: 3rd Annual Faga Forum on Space Intelligence: February 20, 2018 in Chantilly, VA
CAPT Nick Buck, USN (Ret)
Nick Buck is President & Chief Executive Officer of Buck Consulting Group.
Applying insights gleaned from his experiences as a Major Program Manager,
Nick leads a practice of 20+ affiliates focused on improving the productivity of
industry-government interactions. A recognized expert in federal procurement,
C4ISR architectures, and change leadership, CAPT Buck advises
government and industry partners on evolving business models, technology
transition, and streamlining acquisition. Nick was a principal author in INSA’s
ICITE: Industry Perspectives and Cloud Computing: Risks, Benefits, and
Mission Enhancement for the Intelligence Community White Paper. He currently serves as Co-
Chair of USGIF's NRO Application Service Provider Industry Advisory Group.
Nick completed a twenty-six Navy year career as a Test Pilot, Program Manager and NRO Ground
IT Executive. Intelligence Community highlights include the first build of a Low Earth Orbit
SIGINT payload, standup of the IMINT Ground Office, the first Joint Intelligence Acquisition
Board milestone review, and the NRO’s first-ever Clinger-Cohen certification for a mission system.
Prior to formation of the IC’s Information Technology Environment (ICITE), CAPT Buck
pioneered the NRO’s IT transformation from vertically integrated systems acquisition to an
Infrastructure Service Provider, Application Service Provider (ISP-ASP) model. Implementing
a global mission IT system consolidation and new operating model across multiple organizations
and legacy programs, Nick led major organizational and cultural change to the way the NRO
CAPT Buck was commissioned from the United States Naval Academy in 1984 and began his
career with Patrol Squadron 45 in Jacksonville, FL. Flying Cold War missions in the North Atlantic,
Mediterranean, and Caribbean theaters, Nick was certified as an instructor pilot and formation flight
instructor. He was selected for Naval Test Pilot School in 1991 and completed several “first flight”
tests, logging over 2,500 flight hours in 50 aircraft types and earning him membership in the
Society of Experimental Test Pilots.
Nick became an acquisition professional in 1994. He was recognized as the Naval Postgraduate
School Space Systems Engineering Distinguished Graduate, earning a Master’s Degree in
Astronautical Engineering. In his first acquisition assignment, Nick transitioned a first-build signals
intelligence satellite payload off the program critical path in 18 months. Nick returned to the Naval
Aviation Enterprise, where he completed a 34-site, fleet-wide imagery and targeting system rollout
within three years and reduced the time to generate aimpoints for precision guided munitions from 3
hours to 10 minutes. Nick realized a 90% technology transition rate and reduced cycle time from 3
years to 18 months. His program was recognized with the Assistant Secretary of the Navy’s
Excellence in Acquisition Reform Award three consecutive years.
Nick served in the National Reconnaissance Office for ten years, starting as a satellite systems
payload manager and culminating as the Ground Information Technology Executive on a $2B+
Major System Acquisition. Through Nick’s leadership, the NRO reduced capital and operating costs
by over $500M, doubled processing performance and reduced power, space and cooling footprint
by 50%. Promoting open architecture and adopting best practices of commercial IT companies,
Nick improved acquisition performance by pursuing full and open competitive source selections.
Nick holds active memberships with INSA, AFCEA, USGIF, and serves as a Youth Minister
with the Diocese of Arlington’s annual WorkCamp program. A Harvard Senior Executive Fellow,
Nick’s military decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service
Medal, Joint Commendation Medal, and numerous sea-service and unit citation awards. Interests
include coaching and sailing, where he has competed at the National level in one-design
Mr. Calvelli was appointed the Principal Deputy Director, National Reconnaissance Office (PDDNRO) on July 6, 2012. As the PDDNRO he provides overall day-to-day management of the NRO, with decision responsibility as delegated by the Director, NRO (DNRO). In the absence of the DNRO, he acts on the Director's behalf on all matters.
Mr. Calvelli has held a variety of senior positions within the NRO including satellite and ground system acquisition, systems engineering, and mission operations.
Mr. Calvelli has a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from the State University of New York at Potsdam, and a Master’s in Business Administration from Loyola College in Baltimore.
Maj. Gen. Clinton E. Crosier, USAF
Maj. Gen. Clinton E. Crosier is the Director of Plans and Policy, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb. He is directly responsible to the USSTRATCOM Commander for the development and implementation of national security policy and guidance; military strategy and guidance; space and weapons employment concepts and policy; and joint doctrine as they apply to the command and the execution of its mission. Crosier attended Iowa State University on an Air Force ROTC scholarship. He was commissioned and entered the Air Force in 1988 after receiving a degree in aerospace engineering. Crosier has a broad range of experience in ICBM and space operations, including a deployment to the Middle East as the USCENTCOM, Director of Space Forces. He has served in staff assignments in the U.S. Senate, Secretary of the Air Force's Action Group, Headquarters U.S. Air Force Office of Legislative Liaison, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, and Air Force Global Strike Command. His operational commands include the 2nd Space Launch Squadron, Vandenberg AFB, Calif; 50th Operations Group, Schriever AFB, Colo; and the 460th Space Wing, Buckley AFB, Colo. Prior to his current assignment, Crosier served as the Deputy Director, Global Operations, Global Operations Directorate, USSTRATCOM, Offutt AFB, Neb.
Phillip Eichensehr is the Vice President of Aerospace Engineering for RadiantBlue Technologies, a subsidiary of DigitalGlobe. Mr. Eichensehr has over two decades of experience in the Aerospace Defense industry and has been with RadiantBlue for ten years.
RadiantBlue performs modeling, simulation and analysis of satellite and airborne sensor and data collection systems to support technology assessment, system upgrade, prototype and full-scale space systems development and operations. Mr. Eichensehr is the author of the BlueSim Aerospace ISR Simulator. BlueSim allows high-fidelity analysis of spacecraft, aircraft, communications networks, and integrated processing systems. BlueSim allows Government and Industry partners both the ability to evaluate total ISR system architectures and design individual collectors. BlueSim models national, commercial, and foreign systems. BlueSim is utilized across the Intelligence Community, Joint Staff, In-Q-Tel and commercial sector as the “go-to” high fidelity simulator of choice.
Mr. Eichensehr has previously worked for Lockheed Martin, Boeing, and General Dynamics. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland. He also holds a Master's Degree in Systems Engineering and a Master's Degree in Mathematics from Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia.
In November 2012, and for the third consecutive year, RadiantBlue Technologies was ranked number 354 on Technology Fast 500™, Deloitte’s ranking of 500 of the fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and clean technology companies in North America. Rankings are based on percentage of fiscal year revenue growth during the period from 2006–2011. RadiantBlue Technologies grew 215 percent during this period.
RadiantBlue Technologies offers specialized information technology solutions for the Intelligence and National Defense community customers. Founded in 2005 with a commitment to quality and service, RadiantBlue has offices in Chantilly, Virginia; Colorado Springs, Colorado; and Melbourne Beach, Florida. RadiantBlue Technologies was acquired by DigitalGlobe as part of the acquisition of the Radiant Group in November 2016.
ADM James O. Ellis, Jr., USN (Ret.)
Admiral James O. Ellis, Jr. is currently a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, Stanford, California. Ellis served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations from May 2005 to May 2012. Prior to retiring from active duty in July 2004 as a Navy Admiral, he served as Commander, United States Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. He has also served as Commander in Chief of U.S. Naval Forces in Europe and as Commander in Chief of Allied Forces in Southern Europe. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Navy nuclear power training, the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School and the Navy Fighter Weapons School (Top Gun). Admiral Ellis is Chairman of the Board of Level 3 Communications and also serves on the boards of Lockheed Martin Corporation, Dominion Resources, and the Space Foundation. In 2013, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. He holds master's degrees in aerospace engineering and aeronautical systems from the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of West Florida.
Debra Facktor Lepore
Debra Facktor Lepore is the vice president and general manager of Strategic Operations for Ball Aerospace, where she is responsible for increasing Ball Aerospace’s profile in the market and facilitating collaboration across the company. Lepore is the company’s senior executive in the Washington, DC area and leads Washington Operations, Marketing and Communications, and Strategic Development. Lepore brings over 25 years of experience in the aerospace industry to her current role. Prior to joining Ball in January 2013, she served as the president of DFL Space LLC, an aerospace consulting firm focused on developing innovative business strategies for a wide range of clients. As an industry professor at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ, she led its Master’s of Engineering in Technical Leadership program and served as Director of Strategic Programs for the Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC). She was Principal Investigator on the SERC research project “Expedited Systems Engineering for Rapid Capability and Urgent Needs,” sponsored by the U.S. Air Force, and has used this research toward PhD studies. Among other distinctions, Lepore was honored with the University of Michigan 2014 Alumni Merit Award for Aerospace Engineering and as the Women in Aerospace (WIA) “Most Outstanding Member” for 2012. She is the former chair of the board of WIA and founding president of the WIA Foundation. Lepore serves on the board of the American Astronautical Society (AAS), and the industry advisory boards of the University of Michigan Aerospace Engineering Department and the Johns Hopkins University Space Systems Engineering program. She is also an appointed member of the FAA’s Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC). Lepore is a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and an Academician of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA). She holds a B.S.E. (magna cum laude) and M.S.E. in aerospace engineering, both from the University of Michigan, and is an alumna of the International Space University summer session program in space policy and law.
Sue Gordon became the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s (NGA) sixth Deputy Director on Jan. 1, 2015 after more than 25 years of service with the Central Intelligence Agency. As deputy director of NGA, she assists the director in leading the agency and in managing the National System for Geospatial Intelligence. Gordon previously served concurrently as Director of the CIA’s Information Operations Center and as the CIA Director’s senior advisor on cyber. She was responsible for fully integrating advanced cyber capabilities into all of CIA’s mission areas, while protecting against the cyber threat to the CIA’s information, operations and officers. Gordon began her career with the CIA in 1980 as an analyst in the Office of Scientific and Weapons Research in the Directorate of Intelligence, responsible for technical analysis of foreign space and missile systems. She later held several engineering development positions in the CIA’s Directorate of Science and Technology, working both national systems and new concepts before moving into a succession of analytic and technical management positions. Following a break in service to raise her children, Sue was appointed Director of Special Activities in the Directorate of Science and Technology, focusing on supporting counterproliferation and counterterrorism efforts. She was also the Intelligence Community’s focal point for related biological research, development and engineering capabilities for collection and operations. She served as deputy chief of the Information Operations Center from September 2009 to December 2011 and then as the CIA’s Director for Support from January 2012 to November 2013. Gordon holds a bachelor of science degree in zoology (biomechanics) from Duke University
The Honorable Jeffrey Harris
Jeffrey K. Harris has contributed to US national security in both Government and Industry for 40 years where he has fostered new technologies, programs and capabilities that have contributed significantly to US national security capabilities. He currently consults with industry and the US Government.
He is retired from Lockheed Martin, where he was a corporate officer and served as President of Lockheed Martin Missiles and Space and President of Lockheed Martin Special Programs. Also, he was President of Space Imaging, the first company to commercially provide high-resolution satellite imagery and information.
Before entering the private sector, Mr. Harris served in senior national leadership positions, including Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Space; Director, National Reconnaissance Office, and Associate Executive Director of the Intelligence Community.
Mr. Harris holds a bachelor’s degree in Photographic Science and Instrumentation from the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Melissa Hathaway is a leading expert in cyberspace policy and cybersecurity. She served in two U.S. presidential administrations, spearheading the Cyberspace Policy Review for President Barack Obama and leading the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative (CNCI) for President George W. Bush. As President of Hathaway Global Strategies LLC, she brings a multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional perspective to strategic consulting and strategy formulation for public and private sector clients. Having served on the board of directors for two public companies and three non-profit organizations, and as a strategic advisor to a number of public and private companies, Melissa brings a unique combination of policy and technical expertise, as well as board room experience to help others better understand the intersection of government policy, developing technological and industry trends, and economic drivers that impact acquisition and business development strategy in this field. She publishes regularly on cybersecurity matters affecting companies and countries.
The Honorable Steven Isakowitz
The Honorable Steven J. Isakowitz is president and chief executive officer of The Aerospace Corporation, a leading architect for the nation’s national security and civil space programs. The Aerospace Corporation has more than 3,600 employees and annual revenues of $951 million. Isakowitz is a recognized leader across the govern- ment, private, space, and technology sectors, having served in prominent roles at Virgin Galactic, the U.S. Department of Energy, NASA, and the White House Office of Management and Budget. Isakowitz served as chief technology officer of Virgin Galactic from 2011 to 2013, and as its president from 2013 to 2016. At Virgin Galactic, his responsibilities included the development of privately funded launch systems, human spaceflight vehicles, advanced technologies, and other new space applications. Prior to Virgin Galactic, Isakowitz served as chief financial officer of the U.S. Department of Energy, where he supported basic scientific research and advanced energy technologies in the national security and civil sectors, while managing a budget of nearly $30 billion. Isakowitz earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in aerospace engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Dr. Troy E. Meink
Dr. Troy E. Meink was appointed as the Assistant Director of National Intelligence for Systems and Resource Analyses (ADNI/SRA) in June 2014. In this capacity, he serves as the DNI’s principal staff advisor on matters pertaining to systems analyses, cost analyses and program evaluation. The ADNI/SRA is responsible for framing major resource decisions and managing the process by which the DNI determines the National Intelligence Program (NIP).
Prior to his ODNI appointment, Dr. Meink was the Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force for Space and the Director, Executive Agent for Space Staff, Washington, D.C. He provided the principal support to the Under Secretary's role as the Headquarters U.S. Air Force focal point for space matters and in coordinating activities across the Air Force space enterprise.
Dr. Meink is from Lemmon, S.D., and entered the Air Force in 1988 through the ROTC program at South Dakota State University. His assignments have included operations and training, systems engineering, research and development, and program management of major defense acquisition programs. Dr. Meink began his career as an Air Force Navigator and then a lead test engineer for the design and evaluation of ballistic missile test vehicles for the Missile Defense Agency resulting in two successful launch campaigns. As a rated officer, he completed 100 sorties including eight combat and 29 combat support missions in support of operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, and Provide Comfort.
As an Air Force civilian, Dr. Meink managed multiple next generation joint research and development programs transitioning global space capabilities, optical sensors, and advanced structures into DoD operations. He subsequently led multiple communications organizations within the Air Force and the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense, Networks and Information Integration. Prior to his assignment as the Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force for Space and the Director, Executive Agent for Space Staff, he was the Director, Signals Intelligence Systems Acquisition at National Reconnaissance Office.
Dr. Meink has authored 20 articles in professional journals and conference publications, has been awarded three patents, and designed, built, and flown two experimental aircraft.
Prior to his appointment as a senior fellow at the Belfer Center, Mr. Rolf Mowatt-Larssen served over three years as the Director of Intelligence and Counterintelligence at the U.S. Department of Energy. Prior to this, he served for 23 years as a CIA intelligence officer in various domestic and international posts, to include Chief of the Europe Division in the Directorate of Operations, Chief of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Department, Counterterrorist Center, and Deputy Associate Director of Central Intelligence for Military Support. Prior to his career in intelligence, Mr. Mowatt-Larssen served as an officer in the U.S. Army. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY. He is married to Roswitha and has three children. He is a recipient of the CIA Director's Award, the George W. Bush Award for Excellence in Counterterrorism, the Secretary of Energy's Exceptional Service Medal, the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal, Secretary of Defense Civilian Distinguished Service Medal, and the National Intelligence Superior Performance Medal, among others.
Mike Rice is the Vice President of Satellite Ground Systems at Kratos RT Logic and has been with the company since 2001. He specializes in space systems engineering and project management and has over 20 years of experience in the space industry. During his time at Kratos RT Logic, he has served in numerous positions including project manager, business development, and business unit lead, all with an emphasis in satellite ground systems.
Kratos RT Logic is the industry leader implementing and protecting RF links and ground networks for satellites, spacecraft, missiles, and airborne platforms. From factory test to flight, Kratos RT Logic’s standard signal processing products and tailored solutions have been trusted by the defense and aerospace community for over 20 years.
Prior to Kratos RT Logic, Mr. Rice served as an officer in the US Air Force. His positions included systems engineering and program management for an experimental spacecraft program and teaching engineering at the US Air Force Academy.
Mr. Rice holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the US Air Force Academy and a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from George Washington University.
John "J.R." Riordan
As Vice President for Strategy and Air Force Business Development within the Intelligence Community/Air Force Operations Customer Group at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), John "J.R." Riordan manages a team of seven senior Business Development and Capture professionals, supporting all Air Force accounts within SAIC. Additionally, he provides support to the organization’s Senior VP for Air Force Programs and the Senior VP for Business Development, leads as the Air Force and Joint Cyber Operations advisor to the Cyber Enterprise Management Initiative within SAIC Corporate, and provides continuity for all Air Force Account Strategic Planning. Prior to his role at Scitor, Riordan worked for Honeywell International as the Senior Director for Strategic Program Management, Honeywell Automation and Control Solutions. Earlier in his career, Riordan served twenty-three years in the United States Air Force, where he retired as a Colonel in March 2011 as the Chief of Staff for the Space & Global Integrated Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance (ISR) Division, the Directorate of Programs, and the Deputy Chief of Staff, Strategic Plans and Programs, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. Riordan was commissioned a Second Lieutenant through the Reserve Officer Training Program at Montclair State University and the New Jersey Institute of Technology, where he was a Distinguished Graduate. He also received his MBA from Regis University in Denver, Colorado, as well as a master’s in national security strategy from National Defense University, National War College at Fort McNair, Washington D.C.
William J. Sullivan
William “Bill” Sullivan is Vice President of the Global Positioning System’s Next Generation Control System (GPS OCX) Program, part of Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services (IIS). Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), with 2015 sales of $23 billion and 61,000 employees, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions. With a history of innovation spanning 94 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration, C5I™ products and services, sensing, effects and mission support for customers in more than 80 countries. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts. IIS provides a full range of technical and professional services to intelligence, defense, federal and commercial customers worldwide. IIS specializes in global intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; navigation; space and weather solutions; cybersecurity; analytics; training; logistics; mission support; engineering; automation and sustainment solutions; and air traffic management systems. Sullivan leads the GPS Next Generation Operational Control Segment (OCX) program and is responsible for the development of the capability for the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center. He assumed the role in July 2015.
Previously, Sullivan was Director of Earth and Space Observing Solutions, repsonsible for provding complete environmental and communication satellite ground systems for Civil and DoD customers. He assumed this role in October 2013. Prior to this position, Sullivan led the Joint Polar Satellite System program for NASA from inception in 2010; overseeing the Raytheon team that developed, operated, and maintained the Common Ground System. The JPSS Common Ground System is operationally deployed around the world, aquiring, processing and routing approximately 11TB of data daily in support of NOAA, NASA, Air Force and Navy strategic environmental missions.
In 2012, Sullivan was awarded the NASA Outstanding Public Leadership Medal, the second highest honor bestowed to civilians by that agency. In 2012, he was the recipient of the Raytheon Program Leadership Excellence Award and in 2013, he was the recipient of Raytheon’s Chief Executive Officer Award, the highest acheivement award in the company.
Sullivan joined Raytheon, then Hughes Aircraft Missile Systems, in 1985. He specialized in a variety of technical roles in missile system integration. In his career he has held a variety of technical and managerial positions including Chief Software Engineer, Program Subcontract Manager and Program Manager.
Sullivan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Arizona and a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California. Sullivan is a graduate of Raytheon’s Executive Leadership Summit program and is a Raytheon Level-1 certified Program Manager.
Brad Tousley, Ph.D.
Dr. Bradford Tousley joined DARPA in January 2013 as the director of the Tactical Technology Office (TTO). TTO prototypes advanced national security capabilities by pursuing high payoff tactical technology and development of advanced weapons, platforms and space systems.From 2006 to 2013, he worked in the private sector at Logos Technologies. As a company executive he was responsible for unmanned airborne sensor technology, advanced imaging science, space situational awareness and sensors, and software development. Tousley served as a U.S. Army Armor (Cavalry) and Acquisition officer in command and staff position from 1981 – 2001. He also served as a research scientist and associate professor in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science on the faculty at West Point from 1992 – 1995. Tousley holds a Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy as well as a Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rochester.
Jennifer Walsmith is vice president, Advanced Missions and Programs for the Space ISR Systems division of Northrop Grumman’s Mission Systems sector, a leading global developer, provider, manufacturer and integrator of advanced, secure and agile systems and solutions.
In this role, Ms. Walsmith has executive responsibility across all advanced technology programs within the Space ISR Systems division. She provides leadership and guidance for the capture, development and transition to production of advanced technology programs for the Intelligence Community and Department of Defense.
With more than 30 years of acquisition, program management and software development experience, Ms. Walsmith most recently served as the Senior Acquisition Executive with the National Security Agency (NSA). She was responsible for for all procurements in support of NSA's Signals Intelligence and Information Assurance missions. Earlier in her career she served in a variety of senior roles within the Intelligence Community and the private sector.
Ms. Walsmith earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and is acquisition corps certified through the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA).